The latest trend in dog grooming has turned canines into visual works of art. Groomer Catherine Opson has mastered the technique of dog colouring and frequently lends her talents to the clients of her salon, Estrella Pet Grooming in Capistrano Beach, in California.
Opson most recently transformed her poodle Kobe into amalgam of various Sesame Street characters. The poodle's front resembles Big Bird, Elmo on one side, and Bert and Ernie on the other. The design took first prize in a major dog grooming competition.
Opson, whose education is in cosmetology, said:
For her creations Opson said she uses special dog-friendly dyes that are free of harmful bleaches, ammonia, or any other chemicals that could hurt the animals. She knows some people may think her designs are ridiculous, or even a form of animal abuse, but to those people she says, just have an open mind.
Her other poodle, Porsche, was transformed into a collection of The Simpsons characters. Other creations Opson has cooked up include a doggy koi pond, complete with goldfish, and a tropical jungle theme, with parrots and and frogs.